A lovely weekend with friends. What a gift good friendship is! We missed my husband at dinner Saturday night because he was ushering a concert of Handel and Hayden, but as the three of us were headed to bed, he came home and we all stayed up to hear about the wonderful evening he had.
A couple of rain sprinkles over the weekend. Not of any consequence. Just enough to get me to rush outside and bring in the hammock. But the air smells good and wet, and we had some milder weather -- which will end soon with mid 80s temps yet again. Sigh. Indian Summer, be gone. (Or I could revert to old English and call it St. Martin's Summer.)
More friends arriving today, from the Napa Valley. Just an hour and fifteen minute drive. Just a quick visit overnight and I'm making a decidedly old-fashioned dinner of meatloaf, potatoes and peas. Well, a few little tweaks and extras thrown in there, but I won't bore you with details.
We have decided to try the service Blue Apron. We've heard rave reviews from friends who are using it. All ingredients delivered to your home with instructions for preparation. 3 meals a week of chicken, fish and shellfish (the preference I chose). We'll see how it goes. Perhaps I'll post reviews here, yes? I mainly pushed for the service because my taste buds are bored and my mind is tired of thinking up new things to make and eat. I hope the Blue Apron folks can jump start my lackluster menu planning.
The final gift my friend Paul left me with this weekend was another session on using the photo processing software Lightroom. I went through my catalog of photos to find something suitable to work on, and a particular image jumped out at him, so I pulled it up. It was not an image I had considered at all. I passed right over it. But he liked the composition and to work we went. It required a bit of fiddling around with shadows and light, and I learned some good short cuts. I learn, over and over, not to dump images that don't wow me. I often go back and look at them again, much later, and find gems that I had overlooked. Luckily for me, Paul found this gem, taken a couple of months ago. Enjoy.